A former Louisiana judge was sentenced to 14 years in prison Monday after he was convicted of four sex crimes against underage teenage friends of his daughters last month.
During the five-day trial, held in the same courtroom where he once presided as judge, multiple victims testified that Elzey “Jeff” Perilloux touched them inappropriately.
Prosecutors said that Perrilloux groomed the girls, who were ages 14, 15, and 17 when the crimes took place.
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“Sex offenses against children are the most serious of crimes which cause permanent psychological harm,” Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said in a statement Tuesday.
Perilloux maintained his innocence throughout the trial and said that the girls were like daughters to him.
“This trauma has been exacerbated by Mr. Perilloux’s continued refusal to admit and/or take responsibility for what he did to these young women, who were children when these crimes were committed,” Landry said. “But I hope the sentence issued today will bring some comfort to the survivors and their families.”
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For two of the crimes, Perilloux was convicted of inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl during two separate back massages in 2017, The Times Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. In another incident that year, a 14-year-old girl said Perilloux rubbed sunscreen on her against her wishes, the newspaper reports.
Last month, a jury found Perilloux guilty of three felony counts of indecent behavior with juveniles, and a judge found Perilloux guilty of one misdemeanor sexual battery charge.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.